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Moringa to Create Over One Million Jobs

December 9, 2010

ABUJA, Nigeria—Vanguard Online reports that the Federal Government of Nigeria has unveiled plans to generate over $300 Million in projected revenue from the Moringa plant and create over one million jobs in the process.

The plant which is believed to prevent over 300 diseases and could readily provide the substitute for the chemical, Alum, used for water treatment, which the Nigerian Government spends about $2.2.5 million annually to import.

Moringa Oleifera is a popular plant in the northern and eastern parts of the country, used for food and medicines.

Peter Onwualu, Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of Raw Materials Research and Development Council, stated that, “It is our belief that if the entire value chain for Moringa is fully developed, it can generate over one million jobs and generate over $300 million in revenue for Nigeria.”

Mr. Onwualu stated that more grants would be awarded to researchers and private industries towards Moringa development in 2011.

 Adefemi Olayinsade, Nigerian Permanent Secretary said:   “One key area that is already being targeted is the use of extracts from the plant seeds as natural coagulant for water treatment, especially for the rural communities where the lack of potable drinking water is posing serious challenges.”

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World Food Day

October 21, 2010


Trees for Life Salutes World Food Day

Trees for Life is recognizing World Food Day as we continue to support and promote the increasing impact of the moringa tree for nutritious and healing properties. In the last 25 years we at Trees for Life have been an active supporter of moringa in its world-wide growth. 

The moringa tree is very fast growing.  The leaves, seeds and flowers are edible and nutritious, and they can be used in a variety of forms including a wonderful tea. Amazing facts about moringa are that it contains 2 times the protein of yogurt, 7  times the vitamin C of oranges, 3 times the potassium of bananas, 4 times the vitamin A of carrots and 4 times the calcium of milk.

To learn more about the Moringa Tree and its amazing properties, join us at  Trees for Life.

As a note about World Food Day: WFD  is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness and understanding and to promote year-around action to alleviate hunger. The first WFD was held in 1981 and today in the United States the endeavor is sponsored by 450 national, private, and volunteer organizations.

Australia – The Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation planting moringa trees to use for biodiesel.

September 23, 2010

Iron ore miner Rio Tinto plans to begin using biodiesel to fuel its blasts and drilling operations in Western Australia’s Pilbara region by the end of October. The company is now trialing the use of biodiesel made from used cooking oil which has been filtered by the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation. The corporation’s chief executive, Janet Brown says it’s making around 10,000 litres of biodiesel per week from the used cooking oil in the mining accommodation camps. “A year of negotiating and we finally have a supply agreement with Rio Tinto to deal our biodiesel, made from their waste oil, back to them for their drill and blast operations on the mine.”In order to meet the biodiesel needs, the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation has just begun planting moringa trees to use as another future source for biodiesel.

Ghana to embark on a national Moringa tree planting exercise

September 21, 2010

Ghana Broadcasting Corp announced on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 that the Ministries of Health and Environment, Science and Technology are to embark on a national moringa tree planting exercise. According to the Deputy Minister of Health, Rojo Mettle Nunoo, it is the dream of his ministry to popularize the moringa tree for its numerous medicinal purposes. He said government has signed an MOU with the Chinese government to promote herbal medicine in Ghana. Speaking at the inauguration of the Moringa Expert Clinic in Accra, Mr. Mettle Nunoo noted that under the MOU students will be sponsored to China to upgrade their knowledge in the production and packaging of herbal medicines. The Deputy Minister said the ministry is doing all it can to weed out fake herbal practitioners from the system. The CEO of Moringa Expert Clinic, Monica Sedalor said the medicinal and nutritional values of the moringa tree are not known by many. She asked government to embrace herbal medicine to complement efforts at providing affordable healthcare. Madam Sedalor called on the public to seek expert advice, before using moringa to prevent complications.

Philippine government orders Moringa distribution

May 14, 2009

The potential benefits of Moringa related to nutrition, environment, health and medicine are being recognized and actively promoted by the government of The Philippines. Moringa is known as “malunggay” in the Philippines.

A press release posted yesterday on the Philippine Information Agency website states that government officials are now being instructed to actively distribute Moringa:

“Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol regional executive director Joselin Marcus Fragada has instructed his field officials in the provincial offices to distribute malunggay seedlings during the Independence Day celebration on June 12, 2009.

“Fragada said that the malunggay seedling distribution project supports President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s program to spur rural growth through job creation and food production to cushion the effects of the global economic meltdown and at the same time mitigating global warming and climate change.” (Full press release)

The press release refers to Los Angeles Times writer Mark Fritz stating that “Moringa contains seven times the Vitamin C found in oranges, four times the Vitamin A of carrots, four times the iron of spinach, four times the calcium content of milk and three times the potassium of bananas.” This comparison with common foods has been quoted and duplicated by many sources throughout the worldwide Moringa community, and originated from Trees for Life materials about Moringa.